While the preservation of our environment in Powell River is everybody’s concern, the groups listed here have made it their business to address a specific area. In addition, recreational groups and clubs such as the ATV Club, the Malaspina Naturalist Club, and the Rod and Gun Club include preservation of the environment in their mandate.
Started in the 1990’s by Powell River newbies Bob and Sharon Sunquist, the local chapter of Back Country Horsemen is a small, but enthusiastic group dedicated to the principle of responsible use of the recreational trails in the area. They also collaborate with other recreational groups when new trails are being developed.
The CSA Community Advisory Group provides advice to Stillwater Timberlands and Western Forest Products Inc. for the continued development, improvement and implementation of sustainable forest management practices. The Group is comprised of a broad section of the Powell River community. Members contribute their knowledge and interests from backgrounds in environment, business, and forestry related occupations, tourism, local government, and recreation.
Island Timberlands Stillwater Operations, Powell River South Full Map
Started in 2008 this non-profit organization assists land owners to preserve their lands through donations of land or funds, bequests, purchase, fundraising or conservation covenants. Tax benefits encourage landowners to consider donation of interests in their land, whether that be through donating the land or engaging in a conservation covenant over part of their land.” Excerpt from 2016 Post
“Myrtle Creek is one of the very few creeks along the Sunshine Coast which still has its own genetically diverse wild salmon. Animals living in these forest and wetland edges are part of the important ecosystem of the creek.”
The purpose of the Myrtle Creek Stewards is to protect Myrtle Creek and its natural systems for all to enjoy. Read more….
“The Sunshine Coast Trail (SCT) was conceived in 1992 when a handful of outdoor enthusiasts realized the amount of accessible old growth on the Upper Sunshine Coast was vanishing. They formed the Powell River Parks and Wilderness Society (now known as PAWS), a registered non-profit charitable society, to set aside protected areas linked by forested trail corridors.”
With 180-kilometres of back country the SCT attracts visitors from around the world. Boasting 13 huts it is the longest hut-to-hut hiking experience in Canada.
The Powell River Salmon Society was organized to enhance the salmonoid stocks. It operates salmon hatcheries at Duck Lake and the Powell River Pulp Mill plus a spawning channel at Lang Bay.
“Salmon enhancement programs… are best seen as interventions in a potentially disastrous scenario – the disappearance of the Pacific Salmon as a significant, sustainable element of the British Columbia coastal ecology.” Read more…
Incorporated as a society in 1997 with registered charity status achieved in 1998, the Savary Island Land Trust (S.I.L.T.) is dedicated to the preservation and protection of natural areas and biological diversity on Savary Island for present and future generations.